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About Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is an anchor port for all cruises sailing on Mexico's Riviera and Sea of Cortez itineraries, but passengers are a small minority of the tourists who flock there. The heavily Americanized party town serves as one of the most popular beach escapes for Californians and other West Coasters who come here to let loose (spring break festivities are intense and not a proposition for the faint of heart). One of Cabo's major attractions is Cabo Wabo, a cantina owned by rocker Sammy Hagar, most famously of Van Halen. Rocks of a different sort -- El Arco, with its jagged points protruding from the Sea of Cortez, make more impressive photos.

Yet for those passing on the beer-pong tournaments and temporary tattoos, Cabo has a lot to offer. Located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas -- together with its more elegant and much quieter sister town of San Jose del Cabo -- is an ideal spot for adventure-oriented pursuits. If conditions are right, the clear waters make for great snorkeling kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, parasailing, sailing and Jet Skiing. The Sea of Cortez is among the biologically richest areas in the world, with pods of whales that winter offshore; if you're here in season (late December through late March), a whale-watching trip is a must.

Cabo also has some of the best sportfishing in the world, and it is the quest for marlin that put the town on the map. After World War II and the advent of private planes, Hollywood royalty such as Bing Crosby and John Wayne arrived to fish. In the 1970s, a highway was built to connect California to Baja, and the travel industry began in earnest. Now, it's hard to open a celebrity magazine without seeing photos of A-listers lounging at the six-star resorts that have sprung up in "The Corridor," as the coastal stretch between the two cities is known.

One of the downsides for most cruise travelers: There's no cruise pier, so all ships must anchor and tender passengers to the port. That means you'll need to factor in extra time getting to and from your ship. Even odder is the fact that some ships only stop for half-day visits, which means that actual on-land time can be extremely limited (although excursion providers usually time their tours to meet the needs of cruisers). However, other ships spend two days in Cabo, allowing passengers to stay out until 9 p.m. before the ship maneuvers offshore to open casinos. If you're one of the lucky ones with a longer port time, greater Baja, including daytrips to Todos Santos, are within reach -- but can be expensive to coordinate independently.


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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Cabo San Lucas

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Cabo San Lucas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
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      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
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      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    metadoc
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We had a great time!
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    edsbiggbuck
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Off Bliss on 3/8 Not Good!
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Cabo San Lucas

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Cabo San Lucas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 13
      Santa Marta
    • Day 14
      Aruba
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    mellow1
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!
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    bigkahuna642
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great cruise
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Cabo San Lucas

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Cabo San Lucas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Ensenada
    • Day 6
      San Diego
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    Norwegian Jewel - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Attractively refurbished ship with lots of dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    Water slide was removed in the 2018 makeover

    Bottom Line

    Choose this Jewel-class flagship if you like a vessel that's comfy and fun.

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    Norwegian Jewel Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    More than 14 years old, Norwegian Jewel has regained its luster with an extensive refurbis...

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    stjohnbeachlover
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A cruise I will always remember!
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    MileHighBill
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great NZ cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Cabo San Lucas

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Cabo San Lucas Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Mazatlan
    • Day 5
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Carnival Panorama - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    West Coast-based ship; plenty of free activities and dining options

    Cons

    Noisy; service can be hit or miss

    Bottom Line

    A fantastic value for families and groups

    Reviews

    Carnival Panorama Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    If you're looking for a cruise ship that's big and diverse enough to keep even the most active per...

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    Oren
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Service, Difficult Crowd and Casino Smoking Issues
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    GlendaleAZ
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mexican Riviera Quarantine Style (8 days for the price of 7 days)
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Cabo San Lucas

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Cabo San Lucas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Acapulco
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Panama Canal
    • Day 13
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    BirdTravels
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    BirdTravels to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    AVOID!! Total Money Grab!!!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Cabo San Lucas

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Cabo San Lucas Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Falmouth
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews